Scarlet-rumped Cacique (Cacicus uropygialis)

The Scarlet-rumped Cacique belongs to the Oriole family, but this species is almost entirely black. It resembles a lot the Yellow-billed Cacique, however the Scarlet-rumped has a blue iris and red feathers on the rump (hence its name), in a similar fashion to the male Passerini’s Tanager, however in the Cacique the rump is most frequently concealed behind the wings, while in the Passerini’s there is usually a patch of red that’s visible always. I saw these birds for the first time at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Boca Tapada, during a Birdwatching tour with Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica, on November 25th and 26th. The birds are very noisy like their cousins, the Montezuma and Chestnut Oropendolas, but much smaller.

Scarlet-rumped Cacique - Cacicus uropygialis - Cacique Lomiescarlata (2)

Two birds perched on the same branch. The birds are very noisy and call at each other from far away

Scarlet-rumped Cacique - Cacicus uropygialis - Cacique Lomiescarlata

A lone individual perched with the rump concealed behind the wings, during a small rainfall. No red is visible, but the yellow iris should preclude confusion

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